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Dates:  1813 (ca) - 1899
Born:  Italy, Padua
Active:  Italy
 
  
Early photographer and painter active in Venice in the 1850s and early 1860s using paper negatives to make salt prints and he later changed to using the wet collodian process. He is noted for his photographs of the monuments and palaces of Venice. His salt prints can have a soft tonality that may have been due to poor washing and this is in contrast to his later albumen prints that were noted for their clarity. In 1864 he sold his photographic archive to Carlo Ponti, whom he had worked with previously, and became a Professor of Landscape Painting at the Accademia in Venice. His relationship with Ponti is far from clear and this has led to difficulties in the attribution of certain prints.
 
Dorothea Ritter, Venedig in Fruhen Photographien von Domenico Bresolin, 1996, Edition Braus

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It is always difficult to attribute works to Domenico Bresolin with certainty. He worked with paper negatives and his prints are almost always salted prints or more rarely diluted albumen prints with a low contrast and light coloration because of poor washing. It is the color and texture of the true Bresolin print that makes it unmistakable. On some of his prints there is a number and a caption in dark text on a white background on the left or right hand side at the bottom.
 
Bresolin began his work in 1849 or 1850 and often sold his prints through Carlo Ponti and it is possible to find Bresolin prints on a Carlo Ponti cardboard mount with a Bresolin blind stamp.
 
[Contributed by Marco C. Antonetto, 2008]
 
Dorothea Ritter, Venedig in Fruhen Photographien von Domenico Bresolin, (1996, Edition Braus)  
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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